Jasper County, South Carolina
|Jasper County, South Carolina|
Jasper County Courthouse
Location in the state of South Carolina
South Carolina's location in the U.S.
|• Total||699 sq mi (1,810 km2)|
|• Land||655 sq mi (1,696 km2)|
|• Water||44 sq mi (114 km2), 6.3%|
|• Density||38/sq mi (15/km²)|
|Time zone||Eastern: UTC-5/-4|
Jasper County is the southernmost county in the U.S. state of South Carolina. As of the 2010 census, the population was 24,777. Its county seat is Ridgeland. The county was formed in 1912 from portions of Hampton County and Beaufort County.
Jasper County is included in the Hilton Head Island-Bluffton-Beaufort, SC Metropolitan Statistical Area. It is located in the Lowcountry region of the state. For several decades, in contrast to neighboring Beaufort County, Jasper was one of the poorest counties in the state. Recent development from 2000 onwards has given the county new residents, expanded business opportunities, and a wealthier tax base. Since 2010, Jasper County is the second-fastest-growing county by population in South Carolina, behind Horry County.
- Hampton County - north
- Beaufort County - east
- Chatham County, Georgia - south
- Effingham County, Georgia - west
National protected areas
|U.S. Decennial Census
As of the 2010 United States Census, there were 24,777 people residing in the county. 46.0% were Black or African American, 43.0% White, 0.7% Asian, 0.5% Native American, 0.1% Pacific Islander, 8.3% of some other race and 1.4% of two or more races. 15.1% were Hispanic or Latino (of any race).
As of the census of 2000, there were 20,678 people, 7,042 households, and 5,091 families residing in the county. The population density was 32 people per square mile (12/km²). There were 7,928 housing units at an average density of 12 per square mile (5/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 42.39% White, 52.69% Black or African American, 0.37% Native American, 0.44% Asian, 0.05% Pacific Islander, 3.39% from other races, and 0.67% from two or more races. 5.75% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.
There were 7,042 households out of which 34.5% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 48.1% were married couples living together, 18.2% had a female householder with no husband present, and 27.7% were non-families. 23.2% of all households were made up of individuals and 8.8% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.75 and the average family size was 3.22.
In the county, the population was spread out with 26.8% under the age of 18, 10.3% from 18 to 24, 30.7% from 25 to 44, 21.2% from 45 to 64, and 11.0% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 34 years. For every 100 females there were 111.0 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 111.3 males.
The median income for a household in the county was $30,727, and the median income for a family was $36,793. Males had a median income of $29,407 versus $21,055 for females. The per capita income for the county was $14,161. About 15.4% of families and 20.7% of the population were below the poverty line, including 26.3% of those under age 18 and 21.4% of those age 65 or over.
Jasper County is governed by a five-member partisan county council, who are elected in staggered four year terms. The council appoints a county administrator who is tasked with running the day-to-day operations of the county, with the exception of the Sheriff's Office.
Mary Gordon Ellis, the first woman elected to the South Carolina legislature, represented Jasper County in the state senate for one term, from 1928 to 1932, after having previously served as state superintendent of schools.
- Ridgeland (county seat)
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|Effingham County, Georgia||Beaufort County|
|Chatham County, Georgia|